War of Wings

Fiction - Fantasy - General
384 Pages
Reviewed on 02/17/2014
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Reviewed by Kayti Nika Raet for Readers' Favorite

War of Wings is the fantasy debut of Tanner McElroy and chronicles the war between angels and the rise of Lucifer and his 200 fallen. A prequel of sort to Genesis, War of Wings is told in alternating points of view between Gabriel - an archangel who at this point is a bit of a wild child, shirking most of his responsibilities, eating fruit and complaining that Heaven is too perfect - and Lucifer, a cherub who is as well-known in Heaven as he is in our more contemporary times. Things go awry when Lucifer desires to climb as high as God. When his plans and schemes come to naught, he begins to create an army of followers who also wonder whether God is the all powerful, all knowing deity he claims to be. Quick, fast paced and filled with action, War of Wings is the perfect read for fans of the Left Behind series and other Christian fantasy.

When I first started War of Wings, I was actually a little bit nervous. Once you've read one book revolving around angels who live in Heaven, you've pretty much read them all. War of Wings was different in that it went the more classic theological route with the classes and hierarchies of angels, which was something I hadn't encountered before. McElroy's descriptions of Heaven were very detailed and lush, though I did wish his designations between good and evil were a bit more diverse, and less simplistic. I had hoped for a more creative and modern translation of the 'light/dark' binary instead of an archaic and literal one. The cover is very beautiful and though War of Wings seems to end with finality, I couldn't help but wonder if this is maybe the start of a whole new series.